The hearing was open to the public and was livestreamed on the U.S. Election Assistance Commission YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpN6i0g2rlF4ITWhwvBwwZw
The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) Board of Advisors held their 2020 Annual Meeting primarily to discuss the proposed VVSG 2.0 Requirements. This meeting included a question and answer discussion between board members. Staff from NIST and the EAC were available to answer questions, and provide information on the VVSG process and the proposed VVSG 2.0 Requirements.
Board members also reviewed FACA Board membership guidelines and policies with EAC Associate Counsel and receive a general update about the EAC from the Acting Executive Director.
Background: The VVSG 2.0 Requirements are currently published for a 90-day public comment period that concludes on June 22nd. The first VVSG public hearing on March 27, 2020 covered an introduction to the VVSG process as well a high-level overview of the proposed VVSG 2.0 requirements. A recording of the hearing is available on the EAC’s website. The second public hearing on May 6, 2020 addressed the importance of VVSG 2.0 at the state and local level, and the consideration of accessibility and security in VVSG 2.0. A recording of the second hearing is available on the EAC’s website. The third public hearing on May 20, 2020 included discussions with voting system manufacturers and voting system testing labs. A recording of the third hearing is available on the EAC’s website.
The TGDC unanimously approved to recommend VVSG 2.0 Requirements on February 7, 2020, and sent the Requirements to the EAC Acting Executive Director via the Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in the capacity of the Chair of the TGDC on
March 9, 2020. Upon adoption, the VVSG 2.0 would become the fifth iteration of national level voting system standards. The Federal Election Commission published the first two sets of federal standards in 1990 and 2002. The EAC then adopted Version 1.0 of the VVSG on December 13, 2005. In an effort to update and improve version 1.0 of the VVSG, on March 31, 2015, the EAC commissioners unanimously approved VVSG 1.1.
The VVSG 2.0 Requirements document is available here. Regulations.gov is undergoing maintenance on their site on Tuesdays and Thursdays through July. If you need the Requirements document on a Tuesday or Thursday please use this link. The VVSG 2.0 Principles and Guidelines are also available here.
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